TdF 9: Matter of Time

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It isn't the Alp d'Huez. It's a TTT in Bretagne. Hilly. Specilaists present, GC riders challenged. 
BMC stellar but very good Team Sky and Movistar. 
So so Astana that once again seems unable to work as a unit.
Disaster for Purito's Katusha. 
Chris Froome efficently defended his Yellow in spite Poels and Roches got some troubles in the finale. That costed Sky the stage victory but of course the overall is more important.

Tejay van Garderen:
Embedded image permalink"We knew we were on a really good ride. In a perfect world, we would have taken the stage and the yellow jersey. But we will take the stage win. Honestly, I couldn't be happier. We definitely had to rail the corners and make sure we stayed together outside of them," van Garderen said. "On the climbs, we had the stronger guys pulling longer. And we had to finish with five guys. Rohan Dennis was really the key element to the team. He's got a motor." 

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"Fantastic performance by the team today, so close to victory... 0,6 seconds! #TDF2015 Would have been amazing to share the podium with them after all the hard work they have put in these last 9 days! #Proud @TeamSky"

Nicholas Roche:
"Sorry because it was a dream for me and the guys to win a tour de france stage! Always wanted to one day win a ttt in the tour .So close"

Vincenzo Nibali:
“In the finale I tried to set a high rhythm but not a very violent one to make sure that all five of us got to the finish together. I think I can be more than satisfied, even if we’ll have to wait for everyone to finish for a full picture. I had good sensations. This time trial was one long acceleration from start to finish, but we went very strongly and even [Michele] Scarponi showed that he had recovered well from illness.

Bauke Mollema:
"It was a really hard team time trial with this parcours and the finish on this 2km climb. It was really difficult to finish with 5 guys, but we didn’t start too fast since we knew the second part was really hard.  Although we lost some time to the big teams there is a lot of GC guys behind us, so in the end I think we did a good time trial.
At the bottom of the last climb we had 6 together and the plan was for Stijn [Devolder] to do a really long pull and that Markel [Irizar] would be the 5th guy behind Bob Jungels, Haimar [Zubeldia], Julian [Arredondo] and me, but Stijn was so strong that Markel was dropped!  Then in the last 100 meters we had to wait a little for Haimar who was on the limit. I was looking behind to make sure he was not losing any space. He gave everything to the finish, as did all the guys – it was a super hard finish.”

Robert Gesink:
“I think we did fairly well, although I had hoped for a slightly better result. We made a few mistakes. Laurens made an error with his levers. He feels embarrassed, but I know all the guys on the team for a long time and I know that we always try to help each other as well as we can. Of course, I’d preferred not to lose one minute and 14 seconds, but we are heading into the mountains now and there’s a lot of time to win there. Laurens already promised me that he will do his utmost best for me in the final two weeks.”

Sep Vanmarcke:

“We had expected a lot of this TTT. Especially, since all of us did well in the prologue. Because of circumstances, it wasn’t perfect today, unfortunately. The cooperation was spot-on, though. Therefore we were able to limit the damage.”           


1 BMC Racing 0:32:16
2 Team Sky 0:32:15
3 Movistar Team 0:32:19
4 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:32:43
5 Astana Pro Team 0:32:50
6 IAM Cycling 0:32:53
7 Etixx - Quick-Step 0:33:00
8 Lampre-Merida 0:33:03
9 Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:33:29
10 AG2R La Mondiale 0:33:39
11 Trek Factory Racing 0:33:40
12 Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:33:44
13 Bora-Argon 18 0:33:46
14 FDJ.fr 0:33:48
15 Lotto Soudal 0:33:51
16 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:33:52
17 Team Europcar 0:33:57
18 Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:34:01
19 Team Katusha 0:34:08
20 MTN - Qhubeka 0:34:11
21 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:34:47
22 Orica GreenEdge 0:37:13
1 Christopher FROOME Great Britain SKY 30 31:34:12
2 Tejay VAN GARDEREN United States BMC 27 +12
3 Greg VAN AVERMAET Belgium BMC 30 +27
4 Peter SAGAN Slovakia TCS 25 +38
5 Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO Spain TCS 33 +1:03
6 Rigoberto URAN URAN Colombia EQS 28 +1:18
7 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV 35 +1:50

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